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Certified courses

BEA Systems

Certified Professional Program

This program was created to give technical professionals a recognised standard of expertise for the BEA WebLogic family of servers. Certification gives developers a strong advantage in the increasingly competitive market for developers of e-commerce systems built on BEA WebLogic technology. BEA Certified Professional Program offers a single certification for BEA WebLogic Server Developer. The program will be expanded to cover selected BEA products, such as WebLogic Enterprise Developer and WebLogic Server Administrator, enabling developers to pick and choose one or more certifications as need or desire arises.

Available from a 2500 Sylvan Testing Centres worldwide with 54 test centres in Australia. Location details at

Pricing: on application

Contact: (02) 9923 4088

Com Tech

Com Tech Education Services offers a range of some 80 courses. (CTES) is an authorised training centre for Cisco, Microsoft, Novell, Lotus, Citrix, Checkpoint, A+, Sun Java and Gartner Certified Project Management for IT specialists. CTES provides both training and subsequent accreditation for certified courses, and also offers authorised Prometric testing facilities in all branches - Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth. CTES has developed a career program which offers technical training, certification and a guaranteed job in the IT industry. The six-month program includes three months of instructor-led classroom training resulting in two international industry certifications - Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification, and A+ Certification.

On completion, students have the option to continue to complete a Bachelor of Computing (Networking Technologies).

Pricing: courses: $550/day. Certification packages vary Contact: 13 1201 Drake Training In addition to popular MCSE, CNE, MCP, CNA, CLP, A+ and Network+ certifications, Drake Training offers advanced-level certifications such as CDE (Certified Directory Engineer) as well as the CIW Internet certification, MOUS end-user certification, and Certificate III and IV in Management. Drake Training is an authorised Prometric testing centres.

Drake Training also offers custom certification packages for those wishing to certify in multiple areas, providing a stronger foundation for career development.

Pricing: on application and duration.

Contact: 1300 362 262

Edith Cowan University

Certificate in e-commerce

The growth in the use of communications technology and electronic commerce in business has led to the development of a professional course aimed at business people wishing to know more about using the World Wide Web for business purposes.

This program presents a blend of the technical issues, human resource issues, legal and societal issues as well as the business planning and strategic management issues that are required in today's organisations.

Pricing: $1100/unit (at August 2000, price may change for 2001)Contact: Elizabeta Lachowitz, phone (08) 9273 8752, TechnologyInterim Technology offers a wide range of courses including Gartner certifications, which help improve project management within an IT environment: Gartner Certified Associate (IT Project Management) (GCA).

Lotus certifications, Certified Lotus Specialist (CLS), and Certified Lotus Professional (CLP), in application development which will provide a broad knowledge of Notes and Domino, including how to build multiple database applications and enhance skills in Domino server installation, configuration and monitoring.

Microsoft certifications which provide an understanding of the features and functionality of Windows, allowing users to optimise performance on a Windows 2000 server and design a Windows 2000 migration strategy: MS Certified Professional (MCP); MS Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) (Windows 2000); MS Certified DataBase Administrator (MCDBA).

CIW Certifications which provide an overview of how to use the Internet for e-mail, newsgroups, the Web, and others, while using and configuring Internet browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Pricing: on application

Contact: 13 2120

Lotus Development

Lotus Certification in a Box includes items needed to gain Notes and Domino administrator or application developer qualifications, including: technical reference manuals; Notes/Domino software; training courseware for classroom; Computer Based Training (CBT) courses; vouchers for training courses through Lotus Authorised Education Centres; self-test vouchers to prepare for exams; exam vouchers; Lotus T-shirt and satchel.

Pricing: $6490 for System Administrator, $5775 for Application DevelopmentContact: (02) 8263 Australia The Microsoft Certified Professional Program founded in 1992 is designed to provide computer professionals with validation of their ability to design, develop, implement and support solutions using Microsoft tools and technologies. The original program offered Microsoft Certified Product Specialist (MCPS) credentials and has grown to include three additional certifications: Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).

Certification is achieved by passing one or more performance-based exams that measure the ability to apply skills and knowledge to real-world problems.

Pricing: depends on content, duration and teaching modeContact: (02) 9870 2823 Neller SoftwareNeller Software's recent accreditation as a Certified Training Partner for Seagate Software, developer of Crystal Reports and Seagate Info, means it can now deliver training to all Seagate Crystal Reports users, including those using the Preceda People Human Resource and Payroll solution.

This partnership allows accredited Neller trainers to deliver public Seagate training courses in Victoria, as well as certified training sessions for Neller Software clients around Australia.

Neller Software is a provider of HR and Payroll solutions for the IBM AS/400 platform. Certified training courses currently include Seagate Crystal Introduction (two days) and Seagate Crystal Advanced (two days).

Pricing: $990/2-day session, including comprehensive notes and lunch.

Contact: (03) 9820 5244

NETg Australia

NETg offers technology-based (including online) training courses. It has a portfolio of some 2000 hours of learning content in several languages, covering professional IT, desktop and personal development. NETg's Skill Builder courses are designed to 'build skills' through pre-assessments, simulations and considered use of multimedia.

The courses are modular in structure, with each course made up of several NETg Learning Objects (NLOs). Each NLO teaches a specific skill and can exist independently from the course enabling customers to 'mix and match' objects from different courses to create a hybrid course to meet the learner's needs. This structure also facilitates just-in-time learning, giving learners the ability to access one object and learn one skill when needed. IT certification courses include: A+ Certification; Lotus Notes R4 and R5; Microsoft MOUS, MCP, MCD, MCDBA & MCSE; Novell CNE 4.11 & 5; Oracle 7.3, 8, 8i & Developer 2000; Cisco CCNA, CCNP; and International Computer Driving Licence.

Pricing: On application for companies; individuals can purchase an eight-hour course for $80. Corporate pricing on application.

Contact: (02) 9460 2016

Skill Master

Most courses are instructor-led training and Web Based online training.

Courses include Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Microsoft Office User Specialist. Novell: Certified Novell Administrator (CNA), Certified Network Engineer (CNE), Master Certified Network Engineer (Master CNE) CIW: Certified Internet Webmaster - Foundations, Site Designer, E-commerce Professional, Server Administrator, Internetworking Professional, Security Professional Comptia: A+, Network+, Inet+.

Pricing: varies from $297 to $15,000

Contact: (02) 9279 2777


This is a hands-on course covering techniques to reliably move from user requirements to coding. We show how to bridge the gap from requirements to coding. This course, through a combination of lectures and workshops, will give practical techniques and skills for developing solid applications.

The first two days are a mixture of lecture and workshop, culminating in a half-day case study. The third day is optional and concentrates on the gap, taking the pristine requirements model of the first two days and looking at the changes that occur when you actually implement them in an object-oriented language (using Java as the example language).

Pricing: Two days $1200, three days $1800Contact: (02) 9657 Hiser Group Local user interface design company, The Hiser Group offers a series of platform-independent user interface design and usability workshops. In response to a need to address Web problems Hiser is presenting two new courses on writing for the Web and designing Web applications.

Web Applications - half day seminar - Critical Interface Design Issues, reveals the critical issues facing Web application designers. This seminar is targeted at those involved in converting mainframe and GUIs into 'Web applications'. It shows why the Web platform doesn't work like traditional GUIs or Web sites, and how to consider the many constraints that can spell success or failure. Seminars are scheduled in November for Melbourne and Canberra and December in Sydney.

The new two-day workshop, Writing for the Web, covers techniques to reduce print copy, facilitate scanning, support site goals, apply appropriate styles along with editing techniques and tips. Workshops in November in Melbourne and Canberra and December in Sydney.

Pricing: Web Applications: $385; Writing for the Web: $1210 Contact: (03) 9521 3311

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